Hoppes #9 Solvent safe for long term?

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  1. Mar 11, 2009 #1
    GAMEOVER

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    Is Hoppes #9 Solvent safe for long term use on the outside of your slide when cleaning? In other words.. will it strip its finish and/or damage it in anyway, long term? Better safe then sorry..

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  2. Mar 12, 2009 #2
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    If it wasn't I would think that SA would have a warning in their manual. There's nothing stated there so.....

    YMMV.
     
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    People have been using #9 for like a hundred years or something. Don't think it will do damage. But.. its really not a lubricant/protectant.. you should wipe it off and then apply some oil or clp, or whatever you prefer.
     
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    No; using #9 as a cleaning agent on the finish of your gun won't harm it.

    Just remember to wipe it off with a clean cloth when you finish, and then apply a good protectant oil afterwards (not that the #9 will cause problems, but, as stated above, it has no protectant qualities...).
     
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    GAMEOVER,

    Disregard the information above, obviously the guy doesn't read the labels on the things he buys. The type of guy who knows it all and hasn't even read the manual for his Glock.
    The very first line in the description of Hoppe's no.9 solvent says "cleans bores and prevents rust in rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers". It should not be used on nickle plate, however.
    I own my Grandfathers Colt 1911 (serial number 8,xxx) that he used in WW1 it is in very good condition and I still shoot it. For most of it's almost 100 year old life, it has been maintained with Hoppe's No.9 and 3 in 1 oil.
     
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    So your saying that its a good idea to cover your gun in #9 instead of oil?
     
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    thx

    No hes saying to use #9 THEN apply some oil. Ill lightly coat a rag with some FP-10 and apply.
     
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    I use oil on the outside (if it goes in a case for awhile) but never had a problem with Hoppe's. Might wanna be careful around the sights though (seems like it might eat them, but not sure).

    Actually the problem I have is that the bottle always leaks.
     
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    why not use CLP on the outside. it cleans and is a VER good rust inhibitor

    all i use is break cleaner then coat the gun in CLP. and i have never had an issue with rust and i carry IWB....so the gun come into contact with my sweat during the summer andnever a spot of rust
     
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    What I was responding to was a statement that Hoppe's #9 is not a rust protectant. It definitely is. But it is not a lubricant. Hoppe's No.9 removes powder residue from the outside of the gun and fouling caused by primers. It can be used as a rust protectant on the outside, and I use it for this purpose if it is a long term storage. Otherwise, I leave a thin (thin) coating of Hoppe's No. 9 in the bore. I will take a soft rag wipe the Hoppe's No.9 from the outside (just because is a little juicy) and wipe the outside with a quality silicone cloth. Living in Florida, rust can be a problem, but not with my XDs.
     
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